Role Profiles, Job Descriptions and Person Specifications

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					                     NORTH EAST COUNCIL ON ADDICTIONS
                                 JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title        Alcohol Misuse Partnership Link Worker, National Probation Service

Location         National Probation Service offices throughout Newcastle / South of Tyne
                 NECA Office base Newcastle.
                 NECA reserves the right to change the postholder’s place of work.

Line Manager     Project Manager.

Team Members

Other Key        National Probation Service staff teams in relevant offices. Also other
Working          NECA services, relevant substance misuse services, DAT’s, Community
Relationships    Substance Misuse Teams, Other health professionals, other Tier 2/3
Purpose of Job   To work directly with individuals living with alcohol problems, to meet
                 client needs which respect individuality and diversity. This will be
                 achieved in partnership with the National Probation Service, providing
                 initial assessment, brief interventions and onward referral where

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Principle Responsibilities
Planning and Development of the Service inline with NECA Policies

To provide brief interventions to clients with alcohol problems.

To promote health and healthy lifestyles by providing information and education.

To engage those clients who are ambivalent to change.

To work closely with National Probation service staff who act as the referral source.

To establish and maintain strong links with existing service providers and referral agents in
the area.

To work with clients in Probation offices, liaising and networking with a range of
professionals and organisations to provide interventions which are productive and user

Quality Assurance-Monitoring and Evaluation

To be familiar with and work to quality assurance standards including QuADS, DANOS,
Models of Care and any other standards relevant to the Service.

To continually monitor and review the Service in line with NECA policies and procedures.

To ensure that all client files are up to date and accurate and to provide client information to
administrative staff.

To evaluate the Service assimilating feedback from service users, service partners and team

NECA aim to offer a quality service at all times and are committed to promoting continual
improvement throughout all services delivered. All staff are expected to share this aim and
contribute towards upholding and enhancing further the standard and quality of service
delivered throughout NECA.

Staff and Supervision

To seek and accept line management supervision on a regular basis from the Manager, and
to attend training courses as required, in line with professional development needs.
Attend and contribute to team meetings and any other relevant group or forum, related to the
duties and responsibilities of the post.

To undertake any other task which may be deemed appropriate to the post

Limits On Authority

Issues relating to NECA Business may only be communicated to external bodies with the
permission of the Line Manager

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Role Profile - Units of national occupational standards
Number             Title
AA1: Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists

AB2: Support individuals who are substance users

AB3: Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour

AB5: Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users

AC3: Contribute to the development of the knowledge and practice of others

AD1: Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects

AD4: Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and
social well-being

AF1: Carry out screening and referral assessment

AF2: Carry out assessment to identify and prioritise needs

AF3: Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment

AG1: Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals

AG2: Contribute to care planning and review

AG3: Assist with the transfer of individuals between agencies and services

AH10: Employ techniques to help individuals to adopt sensible drinking behaviour

AI2: Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan

AJ1: Help individuals address their offending behaviour

AJ2: Enable individuals to change their offending behaviour

BA3: Contribute to the development of organisational policy and practice

BC4: Assure your organisation delivers quality services

BE4: Supplying information for management control

BE6: Preparing reports and returns

CfA311: Plan, organise and support meetings

GEN21: Interact with individuals using telecommunications

GEN36: Make use of supervision

GEN48: Promote your organisation and its services to stakeholders

HSC22: Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals

HSC31: Promote effective communication for and about individuals

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HSC32: Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the working

HSC33: Reflect on and develop your practice

HSC35: Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all individuals

HSC225: Support individuals to undertake and monitor their own health care

HSC226: Support individuals who are distressed

HSC233: Relate to and interact with individuals

HSC330: Support individuals to access and use services and facilities

HSC335: Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse

HSC347: Help individuals to access employment

HSC348: Help individuals to access learning, training and development opportunities

HSC387: Work in collaboration with carers in the caring role

HSC388: Relate to families, parents and carers

HSC395: Contribute to assessing and act upon risk of danger, harm and abuse

HSC433: Develop joint working agreements and practices and review their effectiveness

HSC3100: Participate in inter-disciplinary team working to support individuals

HSC3111: Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals

HSC3115: Receive, analyse, process, use and store information

LLUK L10: Enable learning through presentations

LLUK L13: Enable group learning

M&L A3: Develop your personal networks

M&L B8: Ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements.

M&L D1: Develop productive working relationships with colleagues

M&L D6: Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in your area of responsibility

M&L E6: Ensure health and safety requirements are met in your area of responsibility

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Person Specification – Essential Criteria
Equality and Diversity Practices
Awareness of the current Probation Service provisions to engage people with alcohol misuse
A clear understanding of the Criminal Justice System, in relation to the client group
Knowledge of counselling models and approaches
Knowledge of appropriate assessment methods for this client group
Understanding of issues relating to alcohol use
Understanding of social exclusion effects
Understanding of social care principles

Ability to produce written reports & statistics to deadlines
Proven ability to network and build professional relationships
Ability to engage with and motivate service users in a way that values and respects their
Ability to work on own initiative
Highly developed people skills
Ability to manage resources and work creatively
Computer/ITC literate

Working in a social care/community based setting
Experience of working with people ambivalent to change
Experience of undertaking comprehensive assessments
Experience of planning and implementing care packages
Experience of representing client’s progress within a professional setting, to include the
writing and presenting of reports
Experience of providing advice, guidance and counselling
Experience of working with multi agency partnerships

NQF level 4 (and above) Professional Diploma Qualification in Welfare, Youth Community,
Substance Misuse, Health and Social Care, Counselling, or similar relevant discipline is

The above attributes are essential criteria without which a candidate would not
normally be short listed for interview.

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Terms of Employment
Salary                       £22689 per annum

Hours of work                35 hours per week

Annual Leave                 The post holder will be entitled to 4.8 weeks annual leave in
                             the first year of employment and 6 weeks thereafter, plus all
                             bank and statutory holidays.

Sick Pay (OSP)               The post holder will after six months service receive an
                             allowance of four weeks full pay and four weeks half pay;
                             after one years service six weeks full pay and six weeks
                             half pay; (less statutory sick pay); within each period of
                             12 months commencing on the first day of sickness

Allowances                   Expenses for travel whilst on NECA business are claimable, in
                             the case of car mileage according to the prevailing rate set by
                             the Inland Revenue, and in the case of public transport, at
                             cost. Staff who agree to use their car must have insurance
                             cover which includes business use.

Stakeholder Pension          You have the option to join a Stakeholder Pension Scheme
                             with Scottish Widows. In addition to your contribution, NECA
                             will contribute 3% of your salary.

NECA is an organisation which is exempt from the spent convictions clauses of the
Rehabilitation Of Offenders Act

NECA aims to be an equality and diversity employer

NECA reserves the right to amend or add to Job Descriptions

Health Care Benefit          You have the option to join BUPA. There is no direct cost,
                             although this benefit incurs a taxable payment. In addition the
                             provision exists to include dependents, the cost to the
                             employee varies according to individual circumstances of the
                             persons covered.
Death In Service Benefit     Lump sum payment of two times salary.
                             (Eligibility age 18 to 65. Post 65 subject to Deferred
                             Retirement Declaration)
Childcare Voucher            You have the option to participate by salary sacrifice.

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